September 2020 Arts Newsletter

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The Arts News & Notes | September 2020

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It’s September and the start of a new school year! This year, however, is like no other with the demands of remote teaching and learning along with many health and safety concerns due to COVID 19.  It’s no wonder that many schools are looking to begin with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) – a process through which individuals build awareness and skills in managing emotions, setting goals, establishing relationships, and making responsible decisions. Feeling self-assured, worthy and part of community will help students to learn. Here are a few resources to help you get started.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) resources for Washington State SEL Standards, learning activities and professional learning modules are available here.  

Arts Education Social & Emotional Learning Framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning standards, from the state of New Jersey.

What does SEL look like in a classroom? Watch this award-winning documentary, Children Full of Life where Mr. Kanemori, a 4th grade teacher in Japan, creates a sense of community with his students - teaching lessons on teamwork, the importance of openness, how to cope and the harm caused by bullying. See the inspirational, 40-minute film here.

Educators need to tend to their social and emotional needs, too.  See these simple and evidence-based practices for people responding to the world’s biggest challenges. Click here for more information.

Thank you for all that you do in service of the arts in education – and wishing you all the best as you begin the new school year!

Janet Hayakawa, Program Supervisor
The Arts - Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Office: 360-725-4966             
Cell/Text: 360-764-6157

Art by: E. Alvares " Overgrown" (Participant in 2020 High School Art Show) 


The Arts are Essential – document now available

A Statewide Arts Advisory Team met over the summer and created this document to emphasize the importance of the arts, particularly now in the time of COVID-19. Download the document here and share it with others.

National Arts Education Week: September 13 -19

This week recognizes the transformative power of the arts in education. Passed by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, its purpose is to bring attention to arts education and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. To celebrate, join The Big Create, and make some art on September 18, sponsored by Arts Ed Washington.

Click here for more information.

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PBS at Home Learning

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations throughout Washington are partnering with OSPI to support educators, students and their families with distance learning.  Click here to find out about the resources available in your area. Internet is not required to access many of these programs.

Resources for Learning & Teaching...

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24 Hour Viral Monologues – Special rates for schools

24 Hour Viral Monologues (produced during COVID-19) are sponsored by 24 Hour Plays whose mission is to bring together creative communities to produce plays and musicals that are written, rehearsed and performed in 24 hours. They are currently offering schools a “pay what you can” licensing opportunity. 

For more information click here.


Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

The National Endowment for the Arts published this book in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and in celebration of how the arts were used to change the image of women in America. Download the book free of charge in electronic and audio formats on the Arts Endowment website.

Image: Portrait of Suffragist Alice Paul, 1913 

Plié for The People

A free online ballet training program for those who want to learn at home.  Pre-recorded sessions are about 40-minutes in length.

Find classes, click here.


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All Students Need Anti-Racism Education

This article by teacher Christina Torres is published by Teaching Tolerance. It emphasizes that all schools need to commit to the important work of anti-racism, including those with predominately white or privileged students. Learn what you can do.

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Use, Adapt, Create, and Share Resources

The Washington Open Educational Resources (OER) Hub is an online platform for freely sharing K-12 open educational resources. Curated and created for and by Washington educators, the site promotes equitable access to standards-aligned, quality instructional materials. 

To learn more, register for a 1-hour webinar on September 22nd, 3:00 pm.

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Artists in Place – new podcast series

Centrum, the non-profit organization whose mission is to promote creative experiences that change lives, has launched this podcast series about art and the artistic process through the lenses of music, writing, visual arts, and general discussion. The podcasts are produced in and broadcast from the historic Fort Worden, just outside Port Townsend, Washington.

For more information, click here.